December 15, 2022

HUD: FHA Announces New Assistance Option to Help Senior Homeowners with Reverse Mortgages Impacted by COVID-19

New COVID-19 Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Property Charge Repayment Plan allows servicers to offer homeowners up to five years to repay past-due property charges.

Today, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is announcing new flexibilities to help senior homeowners with FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) who are behind on required property charge payments due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new COVID-19 HECM Property Charge Repayment Plan allows mortgage servicers to offer eligible homeowners up to five years to repay property charges, such as taxes and homeowners insurance, that the servicer advances on the homeowner’s behalf when the homeowner is unable to make these payments.

“For senior homeowners, recovering from the financial effects of the pandemic may be especially challenging,” said Federal Housing Commissioner Julia Gordon. “The new repayment plan option announced today will give more seniors behind on their property charges the opportunity to fulfill the obligations of their HECM and remain in their homes.”

With the new COVID-19 HECM Property Charge Repayment Plan:

To be eligible, borrowers must attest that they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be a verbal statement to the servicer.

About HECM Property Charge Payments

Homeowners are required to pay property charges as a condition of their HECM. If they are unable to maintain these payments, they are considered in default and their mortgage servicer must advance funds to pay the property charges. Failure to resolve a property charge default can result in foreclosure. To remedy the default, servicers may offer homeowners a repayment plan to repay the advances made by the servicer. FHA’s standard HECM property charge repayment policy only permits 60 months in total to repay property charge advances.

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